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Undergraduate Painting and Drawing Courses

1000–2999 (lower level)
3000–3999 (upper level)
4000–4999 (upper level)

Note: Effective Fall 2014, courses formerly offered under the VPD prefix change to the PAD prefix.

1000–2999:

Painting I
PAD 1000
/ 3 credits / Every semester
In this introduction to oil painting, students are presented with a variety of attitudes toward making paintings, with emphasis on composition and color. Some assignments involve painting from direct observation while others involve transforming and abstracting from a given motif. Students develop color equivalents for observed relationships by translating their experience into color choices of hue, value, intensity, and temperature.

Revised and reinstated Spring 2014 (12/12/13):
Drawing Seminar IA and IB
PAD 1050
and PAD 1060
4 credits (per course) / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This drawing seminar embraces graphic delineation as a means by which people learn to see, understand, imagine, and depict form and space. The approach is both analytic and synthetic, and the emphasis is on economy of means. Class exercises are designed to strengthen powers of direct observation and imagination (the mind’s eye) and to enhance eye-hand coordination.
PAD 1050 formerly also offered as SOA 1050 for students in other disciplines (spring 2014).

Tibetan Thangka Painting
PAD 1114
/ 2 credits / Summer (in India)
Students start with foundational drawing techniques and learn some of the figures, images, and symbols of the Tibetan iconographic tradition. Topics include preparing canvas and preparing natural vegetable and mineral sources of pigments for painting. Students work under the close supervision of a master Thangka painter and his assistants.
Formerly offered as SOA 2155 for students in other disciplines.

Introduction to Drawing
PAD 1210
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A basic introduction to drawing for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with the elements of 2-D design and on strengthening observational skills. A variety of drawing techniques and materials are used to explore both representational and nonrepresentational image making.
Formerly offered as SOA 1010 for students in other disciplines.

Introduction to Painting
PAD 1211
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A basic introduction to painting for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with the materials and methods of painting. A variety of techniques and materials are used to explore both representational and nonrepresentational image making.
Prerequisite: PAD 1210
Formerly offered as SOA 1030 for students in other disciplines.

Painting II
PAD 2000
/ 3 credits / Every semester
A continuation of PAD 1000. Emphasis is on the role of technique, style, color, and composition in painting. Students’ work is based on art historical models, concepts, and direct observation. Students develop a range of skills, including alla prima, underpainting, transparency, divided color, and various approaches to color mixing.
Prerequisite: PAD 1000

Sophomore Seminar
PAD 2010
/ 3 credits / Every semester
A survey of contemporary artists, ideas, and texts in which basic research skills are taught. A combination of slide lectures, discussions of readings, and museum/gallery visits familiarize students with contemporary art discourse and many of its important figures. Contemporary issues are understood to originate in modernist traditions.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Painting III
PAD 2050
/ 3 credits / Fall
A continuation of PAD 2000, with emphasis on choices of color, scale, size, composition, and subject. Projects may include interiors and figures in the environment, as well as narrative, conceptual, and thematic approaches.
Prerequisite: PAD 2000

Figure Drawing I and II
PAD 2100
and 2105 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every semester
Observational drawing of the figure is a vehicle to comprehend drawing as visual language. Drawing fundamentals are employed as tools in intense observation of the human form. Such elements as gesture, contour, line, mass, and movement are introduced in critiques and slide presentations. Materials include pencil, charcoal, wash, and various wet and dry media.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Figure Drawing Workshop I and II
PAD 2150
and 2155 / 2 credits (per semester)
Special topic (offered irregularly)
A 2-credit workshop version of PAD 2100 and 2105. Drawing fundamentals are employed in the study of the human figure. Materials include wet and dry drawing media.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

*PAD number pending assignment (2/11/14):
Translation Drawing
PAD 2165*
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly, summer, in France)
Students learn to observe critically as they discover and record the distinctiveness of the region’s culture, landscape, and architecture through drawings and a visual journal. They also learn to identify, couple, and build on the similarities (e.g., translation, idiom, syntax) of the two new languages being studied—one spoken, the other visual. Readings, lectures, and field trips to world-class museums and various physical sites enrich the experience.
Formerly offered as SOA 2165 for students in other disciplines.

Added Fall 2014 (3/11/14):
Telling Myths
PAD 2190
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Through an exploration of mythology, students develop an approach to narrative art making. The emphasis is on studio production and literary research, from classical myths to contemporary fiction. Students work individually and collaboratively, with demonstrations that cover the fundamentals of water-based painting, with a focus on nontraditional methods such as transfers, stencils, collage, and basic digital techniques.

Black and White as Color
PAD 2250
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students are asked to invent and discover roles for black and white to play, other than the traditional and obvious ones of dark and light. The goal is to characterize observed form and space in “plastic terms” (Matisse). Colorants are explored in extension, as areas. Plasticity is expressed by means of color interaction: selective orchestrations of color intervals, edge conditions, quantity, distribution, and proportion.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060 and PAD 1000

On-site Drawing
PAD 2300
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students work outside the studio from direct observation and experience. Invention and unique responses are encouraged. Sites have included the Museum of the City of New York, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Trade Center, the Museum of Natural History, and various locations on campus.
Prerequisite: One semester of drawing

Added Spring 2015 (3/11/14):
Explorations in Painting
PAD 2310
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Added Fall 2014 (3/11/14):
Explorations in Drawing
PAD 2320
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Intermediate Drawing
PAD 2350
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Explores themes and a variety of approaches to style, form, and content. Themes are subject to change; examples include science and art; ornament, pattern, and decoration; and politics and cultural identity. Classroom work, lectures, critiques, readings, and illustrated discussions augment the thematic research. A range of drawing materials and approaches are encouraged.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Added Fall 2014 (3/11/14):
Narrative Wet Media
PAD 2510
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
How do people recount events in the silent and still realm of visual art, specifically the painted image? Students explore issues of conception, construction, and reception of narrative, and formal strategies for its visual conveyance. The primary media are watercolor and acrylic, and final projects may range from paintings to books and beyond.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

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3000–3999:

Junior Studio I and II
PAD 3000
and 3001 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Focuses on the synthesis of observational skills, a visual vocabulary, and individual vision. Students identify their sensibilities and interests through increasingly self-directed assignments and further their visual, technical, conceptual, and verbal abilities.
Prerequisite: Junior standing in painting/drawing

Junior Seminar
PAD 3010
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Helps expand students’ knowledge of art and theory. Students learn new ideas and perspectives through research, presentations, and discussion of modernist and contemporary art. They also research artists and identify their individual affinities with contemporary and modernist traditions. This seminar is tailored to junior-level painting/drawing majors who are beginning a self-motivated course of study.

Advanced Painting I
PAD 3020
/ 3 credits / Fall
Students work independently, choosing their subjects and approach to painting under the guidance of a faculty member. Critical thinking is promoted in critiques and discussion of readings. Students’ work is considered in the context of contemporary painting as they attempt to define their individual sensibility and concerns in preparation for (or in complement to) the senior project.
Prerequisite: PAD 2050

Advanced Drawing Projects I and II
PAD 3030
and 4030 / 3 credits (per semester)
Special topic (offered irregularly)
The limits of scale, material, and the concept of drawing as an art form are pushed in these courses. Students are expected to already be directed in their primary medium(s) of interest (painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, or photography) and to be able to pursue drawing in relation to those or as an independent discipline.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Experimental Drawing
PAD 3040
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course encourages nontraditional approaches to drawing. Students explore a more innovative and interpretive response to their visual and intellectual experiences, both through a wide-ranging use of tools and materials and through complex and unconventional concepts, ideas, and subject matter. Assumptions about technique, subject, author, environment, audience, and historical classifications are interrogated.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Experimental Painting
PAD 3041
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course encourages nontraditional approaches to painting. Students explore a more innovative and interpretive response to their visual and intellectual experiences, both through a wide-ranging use of tools and materials and through complex and unconventional concepts, ideas, and subject matter. Assumptions about technique, subject, author, environment, audience, and historical classifications are interrogated.
Prerequisite: PAD 1000

Large-Scale Figure Drawing
PAD 3100
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course involves drawing the figure on a large scale from direct observation of the model and various sculptural, two-dimensional, or digitally based sources. Form, gesture, and composition are stressed in large-scale, fast-to-slow drawing. Assignments in anatomy, photography, narrative, memory, and art history are used to develop concepts for representation of the figure. Analysis, critique, and experimentation are components of the course.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

*PAD number pending assignment (2/11/14):
Landscape: Practice and History
PAD 3130
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly, summer, in Italy)
To develop perception from direct observation, students study the history of landscape drawing and painting through on-site studio practice, using Pisciotta as the subject. Readings and discussions focus on major figures and periods in Western landscape painting. Students learn to use wet and/or dry media to capture a motif and the artist’s relationship to landscape and the site.
Prerequisite: Some experience in art history or art-making processes
Formerly offered as SOA 3130 for students in other disciplines.

Outrageous/Outscale
PAD 3150
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students experiment with ideas for making a series of work that is extreme in content, scale, color, and visual impact, and may choose to work independently or collaboratively.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

On-site Painting
PAD 3201
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students work outside the studio from direct observation. Invention and unique responses are encouraged. Sites have included Grand Central Station, the Rockefeller Estate, the Westchester County Airport, and various locations on campus.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of painting

Special Topics: Museum Drawing
PAD 3400
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The collections of New York’s museums are used as sources for drawing studies. Particular focus is on sculptural forms and their representation in painting and drawing, as well as the development of students’ relationship to art history.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

The Generated Image
PAD 3410
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students make paintings and drawings based on generated images. Various strategies, including appropriating imagery from cultural media (print, photography, the Web) and manipulating imagery through mechanical and electronic processes (photocopy, Photoshop), are explored. Other approaches (e.g., layering, de/constructing, morphing) may also be used to generate imagery for narrative, ironic, or abstract works.
Prerequisite: PAD 1000 and working knowledge of Photoshop

People and Places
PAD 3420
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Issues are figure/ground, identity/context, and the diverse roles of the figure in art. Using varied methods and approaches, students explore the wide-ranging possibilities of figuration, drawing from the model and other sources. The history and traditions of figurative art are examined in slide presentations and gallery visits.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Materials and Techniques
PAD 3500
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Contemporary and more traditional approaches to painting materials and techniques are demonstrated and then practiced by students. Materials include pigments, solvents, supports, media, and their technical applications.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Studio Assistant
PAD 3950
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Students gain technical professional experience by helping provide a safe and well-functioning studio environment for their fellow students. Studio assistants are expected to have advanced standing in their media area and a thorough understanding of current professional practices. Duties include basic maintenance and demonstrations of equipment, independent or group tutorials and workshops, weekly meetings, and other responsibilities assigned by the sponsoring instructional technician. A maximum of 4 credits in PAD 3950 (or a combined maximum of 6 credits in VIS 3800 and PAD 3950) may be applied toward the BFA. Also offered as PHO, PRT, and SCP 3950.
Prerequisite: Two semesters in the relevant media area and permission of instructor

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4000–4999:

Visiting Artist
PAD 4000
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Visiting artists work with advanced students to further develop their painting and drawing skills and abilities. Students work independently and meet for group discussions and critiques. Readings and field trips may supplement the visiting artists’ discussions.
Prerequisite: VIS 1060

Prerequisite modified Fall 2014 (4/08/14):
Senior Seminar and Critique
PAD 4010
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Commitment and professional practice are the focus of this seminar. Students are encouraged to articulate and clarify the intentions of their work through lectures, critiques, discussions, and readings. Required for all painting/drawing majors who are undertaking a senior project.
Prerequisite: PAD 3000 or 3001

Advanced Painting II: Content and Form
PAD 4020
/ 3 credits / Spring
Students work independently, choosing their subjects and approach to painting under the guidance of a faculty member. Critical thinking is promoted in critiques and discussion of readings. Students’ work is considered in the context of contemporary painting as they attempt to define their individual sensibility and concerns in preparation for (or in complement to) the senior project.
Prerequisite: PAD 3020

Advanced Drawing Projects II
PAD 4030
Refer to PAD 3030 and 4030.

Special Topics in Painting
PAD 4040
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of painting

Special Topics in Painting Workshop
PAD 4041
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A 2-credit workshop version of PAD 4040 on a particular topic or technique in painting. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of painting

Special Topics in Drawing
PAD 4050
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of drawing

Special Topics in Drawing Workshop
PAD 4051
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A 2-credit workshop version of PAD 4050 on a particular topic or technique in drawing. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of drawing

4990–4991:

Senior projects changed to I and II, 4 credits each, Fall 2014:
Senior Project I and II
PAD 4990 and 4991 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every year
The two-semester, 8-credit senior project is required for all painting and drawing majors in their senior year. It is an intensive independent study undertaken with faculty sponsorship, in which students pursue a particular theme or topic as a culmination of their undergraduate experience. A written thesis and visual documentation of the project must be submitted to the Library before graduation.

Updated May 6, 2014

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